Award winners

Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Awards are given to graduating doctoral students who have been nominated by their faculty/college/school for a dissertation that represents a ground-breaking piece of original work. Each year, one award is offered in each of the following categories: applied sciences, health sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Awardees receive a $3,000 prize.

2023 Winners

Previous Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

2022 

Wanda Philips-Beck

For her doctoral dissertation in the UM Faculty of Graduate Studies, Wanda studied the experiences of women who left their homes to give birth away from their communities.

Learn about Wanda's research here

Jose Sanchez

Jose's findings represent a major methodological contribution to the areas of archeology and anthropology which can help us better understand the lives of those who came before us.

Learn about Jose's research here

Wesley Silva

For his doctoral research, Wesley studied a series of molecules using a specialized technique called microwave spectroscopy to examine the rotation of the molecules for the first time in a laboratory setting.

Learn about Wesley's research here

Anne Lindsay

Anne Lindsay wrote her doctoral thesis for UM’s department of history on how the Canadian fur trade reflected the violence of the French and British empires and was not as passive or innocuous as it is painted in most accounts.

Learn about Anne's research here

Hongwei Lui

Hongwei has worked with Drs. Pooneh Maghoul, Ahmed Shalaby and others at UM to develop a device that uses ultrasonic waves that can be used in a lab or taken to a remote site to evaluate permafrost without disturbing the permafrost itself and possibly lead to structural problems.

Learn about Hongwei's research here

Award opportunities

These are a sampling of the many awards available to UM graduate students.  

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Statement on Transcripts for Tri-Agency Award Competitions at the University of Manitoba

Students are responsible for obtaining official, up-to-date, and complete transcripts and for ensuring transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended are included in their application(s).

FGS does not provide students with copies of transcripts from student records or copies of previously submitted transcripts. This includes transcripts from other Canadian or international post-secondary institutions, UManitoba, and transcripts submitted as part of previous or current admission or award applications.

Missing, unofficial, illegible, or untranslated transcripts may deem students’ applications incomplete or ineligible and will not be reviewed.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)

For: Master’s and doctoral students 

The UMGF Fellowships are valued for a 12-month period at $14,000 for Master's students and $18,000 for PhD students. Please check with your department for how to be considered for a UM Graduate Fellowship. 

Application deadline: Please contact your department. 

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G. Clarence Elliott Fellowship

For: Master’s and doctoral students 

Established in honour of a former Winnipeg vice-president and treasurer of The Great-West Life Assurance Company, the fellowship is awarded to a maximum of $10,000.  

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

For: Doctoral students 

These scholarships help Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students. They are valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies. 

Departmental awards

Many University of Manitoba departments have internal awards based on academic merit, the values of which vary by department. Please check with your department for deadlines and details

Upcoming award information sessions

There are currently no scheduled information sessions

Future information sessions will be updated as they become available.

Research funding

Find available research funding for master’s and doctoral students.

There are a number of funding opportunities available specifically for Indigenous and international students. 

Upcoming award deadlines

April 15, 2024 - 2024 Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships for Black and Indigenous Scholars at York University

Value: (2) Fellowships valued at $70,000

For: PhD & Postdoctoral Fellows

Details:  One fellowship for a scholar identifying as Black and one fellowship for a scholar identifying as Indigenous

Research field(s): Address under-representation of Black and Indigenous scholars in many disciplines and fields of research and associated careers

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April 30, 2024 - Ages Foundation Fellowship & Bursaries

Value: $1,000 - $5,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Open to graduate students in a Canadian or International institution

Research field(s): Research/project has an environmental focus or component in conjunction with a rare Charitable Research Reserve

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April 30, 2024 - Celiac Canada Research Grants

Value: (2) Grants valued up to $30,000

For: Master's and PhD students

Details:  Open to all types of relevant research and is not restricted to medical research

Research field(s): Support research projects in Canada of a scientific, and/or medical nature relevant to celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and/or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or the socio-economic implications of delayed diagnosis and/or living with these conditions

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May 8, 2024 - Sixth Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference Fellowship

Value: Variable Fellowships, total value $1,850

For: Full-time Master's and PhD students

Details:  For full-time students at the University of Manitoba who are conducting or have proposed to conduct research in the area of prairie conservation and/or prairie endangered species management in Canada

Research field(s): Prairie Conservation and/or Prairie Endangered Species Management

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May 9, 2024 - The Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship

Value: (24) Fellowships for 2–3-year term

For: PhD & Postdoctoral Fellows

Details:  Candidates must secure an academic sponsor before applying

Research field(s): Research in any academic discipline at eligible institutions in Israel

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May 14, 2024 - Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Graduate Student Fellowships

Value: (2) Scholarships valued at $4,000

For: Full-Time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Enhance knowledge about the cause, treatment, cure and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the biomedical and psychosocial domains

Research field(s): Focuses on Alzheimer disease and related dementias

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May 14, 2024 - Centre on Aging Betty Havens Memorial Graduate Fellowship

Value: (1) Scholarship valued at $2,000

For: Full-Time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Has demonstrated outstanding interest or commitment to research in aging and is not a recipient of a major award valued at $10,000 or greater in the year in which the award is tenable

Research field(s): The research should focus on some aspect of the aging process or study of older participants/subjects

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May 14, 2024 - Dr. Barbara Payne Scholarship

Value: (1) Scholarship valued at $800

For: Full-Time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Full-time students conducting or will conduct thesis research in the area of social gerontology

Research field(s): The research should focus on some aspect of the aging process or study of older participants/subjects

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May 14, 2024 - Esther and Samuel Milmot Scholarship

Value: (1) Scholarship valued at $1,000

For: Full-Time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Full-time students pursuing a program which bears on gerontology in the Faculty of Arts

Research field(s): The research should focus on some aspect of the aging process or study of older participants/subjects

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May 14, 2024 - Jack Macdonell Scholarship for Research on Aging

Value: (1) Scholarship valued at $4,000

For: Full-Time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Has demonstrated outstanding interest or commitment to research in aging and is not a recipient of a major award valued at $10,000 or greater in the year in which the award is tenable

Research field(s): The research should focus on some aspect of the aging process or study of older participants/subjects

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May 14, 2024 - University of Manitoba Retirees Association Scholarship

Value: (1) Scholarship valued at $1,000

For: Full-Time Master's & PhD students

Details:  Canadian citizen or Permanent resident undertaking thesis research focused on human aging

Research field(s): Pursuing research focused on human aging that has the potential to enhance the lives of the aging population

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June 30, 2024 - Kathryn Huget Leadership Award

Value: $1,000

For: Master's & PhD students

Details:  Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or on a Canadian student visa

Research field(s): Supports students who are working to improve the role of leadership in business and the advancement of women in leadership roles

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Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Value: $6,000

For: Master's, PhD and postdoctoral students

Research field(s):  Unrestricted

Recommended to apply 16 weeks in advance of planned start date

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NSERC Student Ambassadors

Value: $1,000

For: Master's and PhD students

Research field(s):  Science, Engineering

Applications must be submitted at least two months before the start of a proposed outreach activity.

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University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

Value: Master's scholarship valued at $14,000; Doctoral scholarship valued at $18,000

For: Full-time Master's and PhD students

Details:  en to Canadian and International students who have demonstrated superior intellectual ability and academic accomplishment. Applications are submitted to students’ home department/unit. Contact your home department for deadline and application details

Research field(s): Research-based program that is eligible for tri-council graduate student awards

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